An Interview With Block “O” President Jeff Pejsa
Both the oldest and largest student organization on Ohio State’s campus, Block “O” has been an institution in Columbus for years. We asked Jeff Pejsa, the group’s president, a few questions on his life as the organizations leader and what Block “O” means to him.
What made you get involved with Block “O”?
JP: In high school, I was very spirited and proud to wear my school’s colors. When I found out about Block “O”, I thought this would be a perfect fit for me; to surround myself with excited, proud Buckeyes. The events and programs that Block “O” holds sealed the deal for me as a freshman to join the organization.
Did you always want to run for a Block “O” officer position?
JP: It’s a cheesy story, but yes. At the end of the first general meeting in my freshman year, I went up to the President at the time, introduced myself, and told him that I wanted to be in his position in three years. I knew right then where my niche was at Ohio State, and the fact that I have stayed there and accomplished my goal is great.
Why did you want to be President?
JP: Some say that the President position is stressful, some say that there isn’t enough reward for the work, but I’ve always wanted to be the leader in everything I do. It’s the position that I believe suits me best.
As president, what are your responsibilities?
JP: As Block “O” President, I ensure that the organization is represented well throughout the University community, I manage the day-to-day operations of the org, and I serve on multiple campus-wide committees. As the executive head, it is my responsibility to be knowledgable of every position on our Executive Board.
What is your favorite sport to attend? Why?
JP: Tough question! I like each sport for different reasons! Football is the obvious one – the pride that everyone has, the tradition that you can feel, and the excitement of being part of history. But women’s volleyball is probably my second favorite because I know that we really make a difference – the opposing team can hear us clearly and we get in their head, while we pump up our team. Plus, I know a few girls on the team so its nice to be cheering for my friends.
What do you think of the new “Quick Cals”?
JP: I think Quick Cals is interesting, and it’ll take some time to become the exciting tradition that Coach Meyer wants it to be. To compare, it took The Hive a few years to become popular, and I think Quick Cals could be headed for the same. I like the fact that it connects the team to the students though, a connection that I believe is very important for stadium atmosphere.
Who is your favorite Buckeye athlete of all-time?
JP: My favorite Buckeye athlete is Archie Griffin, but not for his performance on the field. I have had the honor of meeting Mr. Griffin a few times and he is a stand up guy, a real role model that everyone should follow. The man speaks with pride, wisdom, and integrity, and you can tell that his love for Ohio State is second to none. Thats why Archie is my favorite athlete, because he is a great person.
What is your favorite Buckeye sports memory?
JP: My favorite Buckeye sports memory during my academic career here is when we defeated Iowa at home in 2009. I was a freshman and it was my first time rushing the field, something I’ll never forget. My favorite all-time memory has to be the national championship in early 2003. That was the moment when the light bulb went off in my head that said I wanted to be a Buckeye.
What will you miss most about Block “O”?
JP: I will miss quite a bit from Block “O”, its been one of the most influential parts of my college career! But if I had to pick one thing, it would be not being with my friends doing what we all love together. Block “O”, after all, is a student organization, and it is meant to connect students and create friendships. I am thankful that Block “O” has done that for me.